11.12.2021 – 13.02.2022


The fear of failure (simultaneous to the desire for success) is propelled by the capitalist economic system (which has a pervasive influence over all other social and cultural systems). It has become one of humanity’s greatest impulses and the value of judgment we use to evaluate ourselves, serving as a measure that establishes social hierarchies. But the concepts of failure and success are never free from prerogatives: the idea of success is intrinsically linked to several structural factors, such as skin colour, gender, sexuality, etc. – and, above all, to fulfilling expected roles within these categories.
Failure, and learning from failure, assume an increasingly important role in artistic production. Between dissatisfaction, rejection, doubt, error and experience, the idea of successively trying and failing can fuel speculative experimentation and conceptual creation. Assuming the premise of failure as a tool of counter-hegemonic resistance, this exhibition, curated by Marta Espiridião, calls for a critique of static models of success and failure, and questions their role in the construction of personal and everyday life.
Erro 417: Expectativa Falhada is the second winner of the Expo’98 in Porto competition, which awarded two grants for the presentation of two exhibitions in the Galeria Municipal do Porto. Selected by a jury external to the GMP’s team, consisting of Daniela Agostinho, Miguel Ferrão and Nuno Faria, this will be the second exhibition presented in the framework of the competition, whose total budget is €98,000.

Curated by:
Marta Espiridião

Still of The Joy of Painting, an instructional television program that aired from 1983 to 1994 on PBS in the United States.
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